New Delhi: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday slammed Ravi Shastri for his comments post the high-profile interview process conducted by Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for the post of the Indian coach.
According to a report on CNN News 18 channel, Ganguly, who was absent during Shastri's interview, said that the Mumbaikar should have been physically present for the interview instead of enjoying his vacation in Thailand.
"He has given me an advice that next time when there is such meeting, I should be present. I also have an advice for him. When the coach of India is selected, he should be in front of the committee giving his presentation, instead of spending Holiday in Bangkok," the former Kolkata batsman said.
Ganguly further added that he was severely disappointed since the remarks have come from someone who has been a part of various BCCI committees for the last 20 years.
Speaking to reporters, Ganguly said, "I am extremely saddened and disappointed by Ravi Shastri's comments...I was reading it in couple of newspapers in last three to four days but chose to ignore it. Especially from someone who has been in BCCI committee for the last 20 years."
Post the interview, Shastri was the one who informed media that Ganguly's absence during the interview.
Further slamming Shastri for his remarks, Ganguly added, "I feel that the comments are very personal. He is living in a fools world if he thinks he is not the coach of India because of me. There are people who are more reputed in the committee than I am."
Despite being one of the top contenders for the role, Shastri lost the job to Anil Kumble, who is said to have made a detailed presentation before CAC comprising Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.